The daily use of sunscreen significantly shows the ageing of skin, and also helps prevent skin cancer, a new study has suggested.
The world-first study of 900 young and middle-aged men and women showed that after four and a half years, those who applied sunscreen most days had no detectable ageing of the skin.
They also had 24 per cent less skin ageing than people who used sunscreen only some of the time, if at all.
The study was led by Queensland Australian of the Year, Queensland Institute of Medical Research’s Professor Adele Green, in collaboration with investigators at the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health.
“This has been one of those beauty tips you often hear quoted, but for the first time we can back it with science: protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen regularly has the added bonus of keeping you looking younger,” Professor Green said.